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First year perspectives

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First year perspectives

Select a student from the menu on the left to find out their thoughts on studying with us.

Janet Okwesa

"There's a multitude of reasons why I chose BSMS. I love Brighton and the course structure is really good, with dissection rooms every week.

"I find that the early clinical contact teaches you a lot about patient information and patient engagement. It helps you with your communication skills as well." 


Gabby Alexander-Harvey

"It was easier to make friends at the start than I thought. At BSMS, there is a 'medic parent' system, where you have two members of Year 2 to guide you through, so you already know someone in the medical school. 

"There is a wide range of interests at BSMS. Some people are interested in music or sport, so you will quickly find someone who is interested in the same things as you."


Michelle Riska

"What I enjoy most about my course at BSMS is that I finally get to do what I've always wanted to do. I get to study medicine and do what I love. 

"I live with other medics which is really a great advantage especially when it comes to exam time. Everyone is focused on their studies - it's a great community to live in."


Craig Tilley

"I really enjoyed getting out into clinical practice from my third week here. My confidence with patients has improved incredibly, and it gives a great insight into what future careers would offer us. 

"There are so many societies and sports team just run for BSMS students. My favourite is the wilderness medicine society, which has made me consider a career in tropical medicine."


Helena Cook

"BSMS has a really small cohort so you get to know everyone really quickly. It's nice to know everyone in your dissection group, module group and people from the years above both socially and academically. It's also really easy to ask for help if you ever get stuck.

"I take part in the BrightWAMS society which is dedicated to widening participation in medicine in Sussex. We get to visit local schools and teach the children how to use medical equipment like stethoscopes and talk to them about the role of a doctor."


Dominic Gyimah

"Living in halls, our living area provides the perfect environment to relax and socialise after an intense day of lectures. 

"Having your own en suite is an added bonus. Most importantly, the proximity to the medical school means that it is very easy to get to lectures in the morning."


Vanisha Victor

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"The integrated teaching methodology was what attracted me to BSMS the most. In addition to that, the opportunity to have clinical contact to apply theoretical knowledge into real-life scenarios was appealing. 

"BSMS has brought me the feeling of home away from home in just a few weeks. Everyone is friendly and there's no sense of segregation. The staff at BSMS really value the importance of a work-life balance so there's plenty of room for serious fun as well as studying." 


Eleanor Deane

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"The staff here all want us to do our best and take into account our feedback. I enjoy the variety in our timetable, which includes lectures, smaller group teaching, dissection sessions and clinical days. I also like the fact we have our exam at the end of each term, leaving the holidays free for work and rest.

"A lot of our learning is very hands on. It has been a privilege to take part in full body dissection. Having the opportunity to follow the development of a baby and talk to the mother has been a very valuable experience. I also enjoy the clinical workshops, for example practising a cardiovascular examination. 

"I love living in Brighton and it is a great student city. There are great pubs and clubs in Brighton, which provide a great night out to balance the workload."


Elizabeth Wong

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"BSMS has a very attractive curriculum to me, especially the full cadaver dissection. And most importantly, the location of the medical school is perfect – it's not too far from London, which makes flying home an easier journey.

"BSMS has a small community of international students. In school, you wouldn't feel segregated or special in any sense, which allows you to fit in seamlessly. Of course, there's always special support for international students, in settling in and getting around. Joining your own country's society helps you get the feeling of home away from home.

"Brighton is a great city, there's beautiful scenery and also a decent shopping scene! It’s also a very eccentric city; you honestly can see so many different and quirky things on the street, which adds to the fun of it!"


Imraan Mansoor

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"I am really impressed by the closeness and support coming from the medical school. The classes are done very well and the dissection sessions are absolutely amazing. I am very glad that I chose to come to BSMS and couldn't imagine going elsewhere.

"The city of Brighton is very exciting with tons of amazing restaurants. I highly recommend BSMS to any international students."